Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Hope Bridge - Day 4

Do you ever wonder why they keep making the same movies over and over? Whether it’s a government experiment gone wrong, which leads to a deadly virus that turns people into flesh-eating zombies or a group of teenagers who venture into a remote location only to be picked off by some deranged killer. Or perhaps you’ve seen the latest home invasion movie. I’m sure most people have seen these types of movies countless times. Perhaps, they ask themselves when is somebody going to make a movie worth seeing.

Well, that answer is Hope Bridge, a film currently being shot in and around Lawrenceburg, KY. It’s thrilling to be making a movie, and I’m sure the cast and crew would agree that it’s an added bonus to be involved with a movie that has an opportunity to impact lives, a movie about something that matters.

Most people who work in the movie business seldom get that opportunity. As I move around and chat with folks, I get a sense of purpose and vision from everybody involved in the production of this film. So thank you cast and crew for your dedication in making a movie that matters.

Moving on, today is our last day before four straight night shoots as in 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. So sleep is going to be in short supply. Today’s scenes mostly involved Kevin Sorbo and Booboo Stewart. The location was primarily centered around Lawrenceburg City Hall.

Sorbo plays Eric in the film as a mentor and counselor to Stewart’s character Jackson. Later in the week comes a dramatic scene at the bridge between Eric and Jackson. More on that later.

As I travel around the set, one thing that strikes me is how many people are involved in making a movie. There are a lot of people we probably never think about who perform vital roles. One area is craft. Stephanie Kruthaupt, a film graduate from Eastern Michigan University, oversees craft operations. It’s her job to feed and water the crew. She sees her role as vital and important to the overall health of cast and crew. She says, “Dinner time is a time to chill out, take a break from the stress, a bonding time.” Stephanie enjoys seeing a smile on their faces. She realizes good food goes a long way in achieving good production with effective output. Her view on craft is “You don’t think about it until it’s not working. It’s an important job.”

Craft is new to Stephanie. This is her first time. She’s having fun, and she wants to be in the moment. She says that she’s got something special planned in the days ahead. Her message to the crew is she encourages everyone to waste less so we can have better food options as the production continues. That’s good advice, indeed. 

I think everybody is going to find Hope Bridge refreshing because it’s original, different, and absolutely dramatic. I see that as a winning combination. That’s it for today. More to come. 

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